Work in progress…
103 245 at München Hbf, 17/10/16 (JW)
The Deutsche Bundesbahn Class 103 electric locomotives are arguably one of the most well-known and instantly recognisable in the world.
149 of these 9,980hp, 200km/h machines – 4 prototypes (103 001–103 004) and 145 production locos (103 101–103 245) – were built, but only 17 remain extant.
One of them, 103 106, had an operational life of just 105 days – being all but destroyed in the tragic Rheinweiler derailment of 21st July 1971.
17 of the class remain extant. Click here for a list of their current disposition.
103 113 of the DB Museum is advertised to work during the Rheinland-Pfalz Plandampf event from Saturday 28th April 2018 to Tuesday 1st May 2018, and then to haul railtours from Lauf to Passau and return on Saturday 19th May 2018, Hanau to Köln and return on Saturday 30th June 2018, from Treysa to Passau and return on Saturday 28th July 2018 and from Frankfurt am Main to Dresden and return on Saturday 8th December 2018.
103 245 remains in occasional front-line service with DB Fernverkehr, operating from München (although currently – as of March 2018 – it is out of traffic with some fairly serious defects). When operational, it has a notional weekday-only diagram of IC2097 07:15 Ulm Hbf to München Hbf and IC2094 17:20 return, but it must be said that even before its latest issues, its use has been unpredictable at best; class 101, 115 or 120 work the trains if the 103 does not.